Two interesting fatherhood studies crossed my desk recently.
First: If you're a workaholic, your sons are more likely to develop more aggressive behavior than fathers who work fewer hours. According to Jianghong Li, a senior researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Research Center in Berlin, Germany says, "This finding is important because there is limited prior research that has specifically examined fathers' work hours."
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Being the father of a teenage girl can be hard on our pride.
We may not instinctively know what our daughters are trying to tell us. We may feel disrespected by how they communicate.
When my daughters were teenagers, we had emotionally charged conversations that sometimes resulted in one of them angrily and emotionally (or actually) slamming a door on me. Sometimes, my feelings got hurt and my reaction was, “OK, if you’re gonna be like that, I’ll blow you off, too!”Read more
The months leading up to your baby’s first birthday bring the first taste of his growing independence. He is getting stronger, growing teeth, eating new foods, and snarfing up more and more information. He will crawl and then walk.
Of course, this places new demands on you, since the baby isn’t going to just lie quietly in the crib anymore (if he ever did!).Read more
According to the New York Times, historian David McCullough told 2009 graduates at University of Oklahoma that:
There is no such thing as a self-made man or woman. Never was, never will be. We are all, as were those in whose footsteps we follow, shaped by the influence and examples of countless others — parents, grandparents, friends, rivals.
We fathers take deep pride in our ability to be fixers. Our pride can get hurt when we don’t get to bring our expertise into play.
But almost every time I played Mr. Fix-It in conversation with my daughters, they were frustrated and I got burned.Read more